: a style of Southern rap music featuring repetitive chants and rapid dance rhythms

Examples of crunk in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Coming from the Atlanta hip-hop wild card who helped take crunk into the mainstream 20 years ago–and just shared the Super Bowl stage with Usher–Total Meditation should be shocking. David Browne, Rolling Stone, 23 Feb. 2024 When Atlanta hip-hop royalty Jermaine Dupri, Ludacris, and Lil Jon showed up, the halftime show became noticeably more crunk (Atlanta-speak for electrifying, turnt up). Shaun Harper, Forbes, 12 Feb. 2024 Since then, hip-hop has spawned a mass of subgenres – gangsta rap, crunk and trap among them. Melissa Ruggieri, USA TODAY, 11 Aug. 2023 Where records like Stankonia showed the funky soul and crunk artists like Lil Jon showed the rambunctious, abrasive energy, there was T.I. in a baggy t-shirt and a massive fitted hat, speaking intimately to his neighborhood and those like it. Caleb Catlin, Billboard, 14 Apr. 2023 Memphis is the originator of crunk. Sierra Porter, Billboard, 8 Dec. 2022 Pitbull began his career in the early 2000s, recording reggaeton, Latin hip hop, and crunk music under a multitude of labels. Dallas News, 5 Oct. 2022 Ciara, Usher, A$AP Rocky and Travis Scott are just a few beneficiaries of crunk’s Midas touch. Brooklyn White, Essence, 9 Sep. 2022 Jon brought rowdy Atlanta crunk music to the masses and produced for everyone from Usher and Ciara to Pitbull and, yes, T-Pain. Craig Jenkins, Vulture, 3 June 2021

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Word History


from crunk, word of fluctuating meaning used during the 1990s in lyrics of the rap groups OutKast and Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz

First Known Use

2000, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of crunk was in 2000

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“Crunk.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/crunk. Accessed 21 Jun. 2024.

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